From Staff Reports
The Athens Review
Westwood won the flip on Friday night and started with high hopes against Malakoff but the weather played a big factor in this game with a wet sloppy field.
Westwood ran three plays from scrimmage and Malakoff led 7-0. Marcus Dowell of Malakoff picked up a Ryan Cernochfumble and rumbled 16 yards for the first score.
Westwood started its next possession on its own 42-yard line and ran 12 plays but the drive ended on a 22 yard missed field goal by Ryan Walters.
Malakoff took over on its own 20and five plays later Marcus Dowell ran it in from 7 yards out to make the score 14-0 in favor of Malakoff. The drive was highlighted by a 41-yard run by Damontes Dowell.
Westwood started its next possession on the 23-yard line but on the second play from scrimmage Trey Jenkins fumbled and Mr. Opportunity Marcus Dowell scooped the ball up and returned it 33 yards to paydirt to make the score 21-0 Malakoff with 2:01 left in the first quarter.
Westwood wasn’t ready to give up and made its next possession pay off when halfback Kaigan Baker scored from 29 yards out but the extra point was no good and Westwood trailed 21-6.
Malakoff finished the scoring in the first quarter when Stephen Wolfe threw a 66-yard touchdown pass Jared Givens giving Malakoff a 28-6 lead at the end of the quarter.
Coach Roger Mays said “Malakoff is a good team but we can’t give teams twenty points on two fumbles in the first quarter and a punt return late in the fourth.” We shot ourselves in the foot and we have to get over that.” “We have to grow up mentally and capitalize and execute like we have been taught to do.”
Malakoff continued its scoring in the next quarter with Deric Greenhaw hauling in a 25 yard touchdown from Stephen Wolfeto move the score to 35-6.
After another Westwood fumble Malakoff moved the ball thirty sevens to score with the final 12 yards on a DamontesDowell run.
Westwood punted on fourth down on its possession and Malakoff scored on the first play from scrimmage on a 47 yard pass from Stephen Wolfe to DaylonCable. Malakoff led at halftime 49-6.
The Tigers used their first possession to make the score 56-6 in the third quarter with Damontes Dowell scoring from 1 yard out for Malakoff.
Westwood and Malakoff traded fumbles on their respective possessions and neither team could mount much offense in the rest of the third quarter as it ended with Malakoff leading 56-6.
Westwood’s first possession in the fourth started from its own twenty seven and took ten plays with Trey Jenkins scoring from 2 yards. Ryan Walters kicked the extra point and Westwood trailed 56-13.
Malakoff turned the ball over on downs in Westwood territory but the Panther could not muster a drive and was forced to punt from its own 17 yard line Malakoff’s Garrian McCallister received the punt from Ryan Cernochat the Westwood 45 yard line and swept up the left side to bring the score to 62-13.
Westwood was not finished and with nine seconds left Trey Jenkins made the final score 69-13. Coach Mays said, “We had a lot of bright spots in the fourth quarter because we are doing things right and it will come together eventually for us.”
Westwood takes a week off before traveling to Groesbeck the following Friday.
Score by Quarter
1 2 3 4 Total
Westwood 6 0 0 13 19
Malakoff 28 14 7 6 62
First downs 15 15
Rush-yards 52-243 27-203
Passing yards 42 151
C-A-I 2-7-0 8-12-0
Fumbles-lost 4-4 1-1
Penalties-yds 5-38 12-95
W – Kaigan Baker9 carries 97 yards, Trey Jenkins14 carries 73 yards,
M – Marcus Dowell 9 carries 93 yards, Damontes Dowell 5 carries 59 yards,
W – Ryan Cernoch42 yards
M –Stephen Wolfe 134 yards
W – Trey Jenkins 1-9,
M – Marcus Dowell 3-55 yards